Comparing Things Fall Apart 'And William Butler Yeats' The Second Coming

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Even the most influential forces can fall into pieces if the foundation is damaged. In the novel, Things fall apart by Chiua Achebe, and the poem, “The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats, there is a shared theme of despair through a lack of collaboration and belief. In both pieces of literature, both of the stories explain a weak society that cannot be stopped by this powerful force. The theme can be shown by many similarities like figurative speech, diction and allusions.

To begin with, we have to create a theme of diction. In the poem, The Second Coming Yeats uses the word anarchy is said a state of disorder due to absences or non recognition of authority. The reason why society is crumbling is because of this awful anarchy. “Turning and turning in the widening
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In the book Things Fall Apart, the Whiteman introduces this new religion Christianity to the tribes. The tribes knew it was a big sin to join Christianity. Since the tribes had a weak belief and faith in their own religion they were easily convinced by Christianity. In the “Second Coming,” Yeats writes “A shape with lion body and the head of a man, A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun, Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.” This ferocious beast had arrived to clear all sin. These powerful religious forces are the cause of destroying both of these two civilizations because of Idiocy and cooperation.

Furthermore, you cannot stop the changes from happening. I say this because in the poem “The second Coming” it warns us about the end of our civilization and world. Also, in the book “Things fall apart Okonkwo had ended his life by hanging himself. He had ended his life because he feels like he no longer belongs in his clan and he will no longer fight the Whiteman. Okonkwo finds that everything he strived for has become unnecessary to be under the rule of Whiteman and
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